Sep 102012

St. Martin’s will host a blood drive administered by the American Red Cross on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 3 till 7 p.m. Anyone 17 or older is eligible to donate. You can sign up in Park Hall or online at and use the sponsor code stmartins.

For this to be a successful drive we need many donors, so please share this information with friends and family members. St. Martin’s would like to share the gift of life with as many people as possible. Thanks for your generosity!

For questions or to volunteer to help, please contact D’Arcy Elsperman.

Blood Facts:

  • On any given day, an average of 38,000 units of red blood cells are needed for hospital patients in the United States.
  • One in 10 people entering a hospital needs blood.
  • In the U.S., someone needs a blood transfusion about every two seconds.
  • There is no substitute for human blood. It cannot be manufactured.
  • The average body has 10 to 12 pints of blood.
  • There are about one billion red blood cells in two to three drops of blood.
  • A newborn baby has about one cup of blood in his or her body.
  • Blood is often needed for traumas, heart surgeries, joint replacements, organ transplants, premature babies, leukemia and cancer treatments and much more.
  • Medications do not prevent people from donating.
  • One-year concer survivors, diabetics, and people with high blood pressure are eligible to donate.
  • Discontinue drinking tea 3 to 4 days ahead of donating as the tannins in it can block absorption of iron. Drink lots of water.
  • Be sure to eat at regular meal time and drink plenty of fluids before donating.
Sep 102012

Help cook and serve a meal to our friends in need. St. Martin’s is sponsoring the Peace Meal at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tower Grove on Saturday, Sept. 15.

We need four or five people to serve in this important ministry. Cooking begins at 2 p.m. and serving ends at 6:30.

If you are available and would like to help out, please contact St. Martin’s member Wayne Peters at 314-608-1266.

Learn more about St. John’s Peace Meal Project.

Aug 022012

by Laurie Ann Flory

Thank you St. Martin’s for your United Thank Offering contribution!

In Spring 2012, St. Martin’s contributed $630.19 to the UTO Ingathering. More than 40%, or $260.19, of that total was from coin donations. Your spare change counts!

The United Thank Offering, often referred to as UTO, is a program of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole Church, founded by and administered by women since 1889. The United Thank Offering supports projects that: address poverty, make significant impact, demonstrate new and innovative work, and/or are a part of a planned diocesan/provincial mission strategy. The UTO provides a way for men, women, and children of the Episcopal Church to give daily thanks to God. There are several ways to contribute: “blue boxes” for coin donations or envelopes on the day of Ingathering.

The money we give supports missions and ministries both domestically and internationally throughout the Episcopal Church. In 2011, UTO awarded 59 grants, for a total of $1,634,526.19.

Examples of these grants include:

  • Reading and Writing Outreach Program for Underserved Children in Oxford, North Carolina.
  • Medical equipment for a maternity ward in Newala, Tanzania.
  • Bhutanese Refugee Community Assistance Program, a project of Holy Cross Episcopal Church Kentwood, Michigan.
  • Construction of a Primary Healthcare Unit for Panyang Community, in the Diocese of South Dakota’s Companion Diocese of Twic East in South Sudan.
  • Neighborhood Youth Outreach Program at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania.
  • St. Columba’s Independence Cay Transitional Homeless Shelter in Marathon, Florida.

The United Thank Offering is not only a financial partner in the mission work of the Episcopal Church, it can also be a spiritual contribution. My family and I are new to the Episcopal Church. This Spring was our family’s first opportunity to contribute to the United Thank Offering. We have two children and our “blue box” stayed out on our kitchen table. How wonderful and sometimes amusing to hear what the children are thankful for: “I am thankful for… my brother, food, my toothbrush, the sky.” How important it is for them and each family member to hear what you are thankful for. Listening to their prayers of thankfulness brought us closer: to each other and to God. Those simple prayers and coins help people around the world. I encourage each household, even those without children, to take a “blue box” and offer your prayers of thankfulness. The simple act of dropping in coins and speaking out our thanksgivings brought a deeper awareness of the abundance of God’s blessings.

St. Martin’s Fall UTO Ingathering will be Sunday, September 30, 2012. Collection boxes and envelopes are available in our parish hall at St. Martin’s.

Read more about UTO

Download the UTO grant list from 2011.


Jun 282012

St. Martin’s Men’s Group is hosting a birthday with Episcopal City Mission for youth in detention on Friday, July 6.

We’re looking for more volunteers who would like to be a part of this important effort. We’ll be serving cake, handing out presents and helping with games. If you would like to help or would like more information, please contact Rich Eidson.

St. Martin’s helps support Episcopal City Mission through many different outreach efforts. This unique ministry provides chaplaincy services to kids in detention centers in the St. Louis area. Learn more about ECM.

Jun 042012

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church encourages everyone to participate in our United Thank Offering collections. Our spring ingathering will be Sunday, June 10.

United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through United Thank Offering men, women and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God.

Pick up a blue box in Park Hall, consider your blessings and begin dropping in your spare change each day to express your gratitude. (This is a great activity to share with your children!) Or, if you prefer, you can make a single donation by placing a check in a UTO envelope (also available in Park Hall). Bring your box or envelope to church on June 10 for a special blessing at the altar.

Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. UTO monies support mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and in invited Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world. Click here to learn more about UTO.

May 102012

Everyone is invited to join us for an evening of music, games and fun at our Family Barbeque Blues Bash on Friday, June 15 from 6 p.m. till 10 p.m.

The party will be in the church parking lot and will feature music from the Benefit Blues Band.  The menu includes beef brisket, pulled pork, slivered chicken and hot dogs with sides of baked beans, corn on the cob and cookies and brownies for dessert.

Tickets will be available beginning May 20. The price is $18 for adults and $5.50 for kids under 10 (family max of $45). Proceeds from the evening will go to tornado relief efforts throughout the Midwest.

This fun family event is sponsored by St. Martin’s Outreach Committee and the Episcopal Church Women.

Apr 122012

St. Martin’s is kicking off our 11th consecutive year of working with Circle of Concern to offer college scholarships to well-deserving local high school seniors.

Last year’s scholarship was awarded to Chelsea Johnson, seen in the picture with Fr. Jon and outreach chairman Dana Griggs. Chelsea is currently a nursing major at Missouri State University in Springfield.

This year, we are funding two $2,000 scholarships as we try to expand our service to the community. Students from the Valley Park, Rockwood and Parkway School Districts are eligible. Candidates are currently being screened and the winners will be announced soon.

Please consider making a donation to this program. Specially coded donation envelopes are available at the church. You can make your contribution in two ways:

1. Write a check to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church with “STM Scholarship” in the memo line and drop your donation in our offering plate during our Sunday worship services.

2. Write a check to Circle of Concern with “STM Scholarship” in the memo line and mail your check directly to:

Circle of Concern
P.O. Box 444
Valley Park, MO 63088-0444

Scholarship committee member Jean Campbell will be our special guest Sunday, April 15 at both worship services and will speak at our 9 a.m. adult forum. We hope you will come and learn more about the program and prayerfully consider supporting this scholarship fund.

Learn more about Circle of Concern.